Depending on the severity of the condition, there are a number of methods used to treat snoring and sleep apnea. At the extreme end, treatment can involve surgically altering the structures within the mouth to get rid of the tissue that obstructs the airway during sleep. Another treatment option is the CPAP machine. Using a mask to provide a continuous flow of air, the machine essentially “forces” the structures of the throat to keep the airway open during sleep.
Advantages of oral appliances include that they are:
After a few weeks to a few months of monitoring and adjusting the appliance, your initial treatment is complete. From that point on your dentist will periodically check to make sure your oral appliance still suits your needs, though short-term success will often predict long-lasting benefits.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice. We follow infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to protect our patients and staff. Everything is disinfected from door handles and light switches, to counter tops and contact areas.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are taking extra steps to protect you and our staff. We would like to share with you some of the changes our office has made.
We look forward to seeing you and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you and everyone safe in our office.